Citizens in St. Louis voted down a resolution to fund a new soccer stadium on Tuesday night, striking a blow to the city's chances of receiving an MLS expansion team.
Funding for the proposed stadium in St. Louis has been blocked by city voters.
The ownership group SC STL would invest $95 million in the project and cover the league's $150 million expansion fee, and they have asked the state to donate 24 acres of unused land.
Public funding for an MLS stadium in St. Louis is dead.
St. Louis has two professional franchises, the baseball Cardinals and the NHL Blues.
The $60 million public financing plan was defeated by around 3,000 votes, with 47 percent supporting the measure and 53 percent opposed.
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Earlier in the year MLS said the timeline was for meetings and evaluations of the 12 expansion candidates to take place during the first half of 2017 and two expansion teams to be announced before the end of 2017 and begin play in 2020.
MLS released a statement late Tuesday calling the vote "a significant setback for the city's expansion opportunity and a loss for the community".
"We wish the outcome would have been different", Kavanaugh said. The most it won in any ward was 59 percent, in Ward 16, which largely consists of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood in South City.
The public voted to name the new San Diego soccer team, and the leading vote-getter should sound oddly familiar. The Chargers ultimately relocated to Los Angeles, joining St. Louis' former National Football League team, the Rams, in California's largest city.
The city has said it could close Qualcomm Stadium by 2018. FS Investors told San Diego media that MLS won't make its decision until after the November 7 vote.